Sherman says banning the N-word could be deemed as racist

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Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been one for creating controversy himself since the turn of the year, but in this instance he explained his thoughts on a subject causing controversy right now.

The subject is that of whether or not the N-word should be banned from the NFL.

Sherman is one of the most outspoken players in the league, as his NFC Championship Game rant showed, and he has strongly criticized the idea of removing the word from the NFL.

"It's an atrocious idea," Sherman told's Peter King. "It's almost racist, to me. It's weird they're targeting one specific word. Why wouldn't all curse words be banned then?"

Sherman's view is not shared by the whole league, with free agent D'Qwell Jackson taking a different view point.

"Ultimately, if the NFL can get it done, it's great for our game," explained Jackson. 

However, when it comes down to it, referees have a tough enough job trying to simply officiate the game.

Giving them extra responsibilities such as policing language could be a step to far for an already stretched group of professionals, and Jackson acknowledges this difficulty.

"But I think refs have a hard enough time officiating the game now. Now they'd be asked to police language?"

This story is likely to run throughout spring and maybe into the summer until the NFL eventually formally discusses their approach.

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